Interview With Elite High School Miler Brandon Harvey


Brandon (left) finished third at TN state meet in 1600m (4:13).

Last week we wrote about the amazing progress Brandon Harvey made in the 1600m working with Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore. This week we interviewed him about that progress and his upcoming transition to college.

RS:  First off congrats on an amazing season. Malindi is an amazing coach but we’re still amazed at the transformation you made this year into an elite miler. 4:33 down to 4:13 is great progress in four years, but in one year?!?! We want to know more and share with our audience. 

RS:  When did you start running and why?
Brandon:  I started running cross country as a 7th grader in middle school when I was 13, but didn’t start track until my sophomore year because I played soccer. I started running because two of my older brothers ran cross country and unlike other sports, running gives you a very tangible way to compare athletes. If your PR is better than theirs then you are better than them, no questions asked. I liked that and wanted to be tangibly better than them.

Custom Marathon Training Groups (NYC)


Train for your fall marathon with legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels – named “World Best Running Coach” by Runner’s World – and receive a custom 18-week training plan, including weekly speedwork sessions in Central Park.

The Run SMART Project has partnered with local NYC club, the NY Flyers, to offer all fall marathon runners a custom training experience. Runners of all levels now have the unique opportunity of following a training schedule designed by legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels and tailored to their training history/goals. Every member of the training program receives custom workouts/paces and trains in a group with runners of similar ability under the advisement of local Run SMART coaches.

Training program includes:

  • Custom 18-week training program designed by Dr. Jack Daniels (starting June 29th, 2014)
  • Online training calendar
  • Weekly group practice sessions in Central Park
  • Strength routine (video)
  • Marathon nutrition  w/professional runner Alicia Shay
  • Monthly social events with the team

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Become A Faster Runner With Andrew Bumbalough


NEW YORK (June 11th, 2014) — Professional distance runner Andrew Bumbalough has teamed up with legendary coach Dr. Jack Daniels and The Run SMART Project to offer his 5k training plan to the world. Bumbalough, the 2013 U.S. Road 5k Champion, has unveiled all of his training secrets to help other runners get faster.

Competitive distance runners of all ages can now do the same workouts as Bumbalough but at the appropriate paces thanks to Daniels and his famous VDOT formulas. On your VDOT training calendar you also get to watch videos of Bumbalough training and providing tips while you follow your plan.

James McKirdy Sets Four PRs At Broad Street Run

Run SMART client James McKirdy has been on fire ever since he signed up for coaching with Alvina Begay. Last year he wrote about how his abilities have skyrocketed after hiring his new coach. Since he’s broken 2:40 for the marathon and set a new half marathon PR.

Recently, coming into his next big goal race, the Broad St 10-miler, James set his sights on a top 50 finish amongst the 40,000 plus who toed the line. And apparently, he was sick of just setting one PR in a race. Along the the flat and fast course in Philly, James set PRs for 3 miles (15:25), boom, 5 miles (26:07), boom, 8 miles (42:45), boom, and then for 10 miles (53:55)! And he reached his place goal finishing 33rd overall. [Full Results]

Erin Miller Sets New PR In Boston

Big congrats to Erin Miller for not only qualifying for Boston but setting a PR there too in some pretty warm, sunny weather. She was pleased with her Jack Daniels’ Plan:

“I really enjoyed using the Run SMART plan this past training cycle. Boston was successful and I was able to PR by six minutes running a 3:08. I felt strong during most of the race but the heat did get to me at the end and I think I struggled with staying hydrated.”

4:33 Down To 4:13 In One Year


Brandon Harvey signed up for coaching last year to improve his 1600m time, reach all-state honors (top 8) and go on to compete at a Division 1 program. This young man was not messing around. Naturally, we matched Brandon with one of our middle distance coaches, Olympic 1500m runner Malindi Elmore. The rest is history.

At the Tennessee state meet a few weeks ago Brandon finished 3rd overall in 4:13 – a 7-second PR! That time brought his total improvement in the 1600m since he started working with Malindi to an amazing 20 seconds. And we’re proud to announce that next year we’ll be cheering him on when he competes for Ole Miss in the SEC.

Three big goals! Check. Check. Check. What’s next Brandon?